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The Money Pit (1986)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  26 March 1986 (USA)
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A young couple struggles to repair a hopelessly dilapidated house.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carmine Caridi ...
Billy Lombardo ...
John Van Dreelen ...
Carlos (as John van Dreelen)
Douglass Watson ...
Walter Fielding, Sr.
Lucille Dobrin ...
Macumba Lady


Walter Fielding and Anna Crowley have to start looking for a new house- but there's not much they can afford! This soon changes when they meet a lonely old con artist who sells them a beautiful mansion at a ridiculously low price. Only there's a catch. The second they move into the house it falls apart, starting with the stairway collapsing to the bathtub falling through the floor to eventually the chimney falling into the house! Finally, they have to renovate the house before the frame collapses but the renovations also prove to be a disaster. Written by Michael Feller <reb@magna.com.au>

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For everyone who's ever been deeply in Love or deeply in debt.




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Release Date:

26 March 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Geschenkt ist noch zu teuer  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)


$37,499,651 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Actor Joe Mantegna sports a beard in this movie. See more »


When Walter is watching the fire go through the electrical system in the walls of the kitchen, the chunky liquid in the blender vanishes. See more »


Max: The union forces me to allow you to go to lunch in spite of the way you've played. Those of you with conscience's will not be able to eat. And those who conscience's match your talents, go stuff yourselves I hope you choke!
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References The Honeymooners (1955) See more »


Written by Julian Bargas
Performed by Los Tupamaros
Courtesy of Taurus Sound Distributors
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Right on the money
15 December 2013 | by (adelaide, australia) – See all my reviews

Another film, I love from 86, sees Hanks, again impressing us, with great comic timing, and soon to be wife, Shelly Long (always good in any role) buy the lemon from hell. There are laughs here and there, but the fun is in just watching this place come apart and crumble. Not sounding morbid or dastardly here. Here, anything and everything comes apart, you have to ask yourself, "How the hell did they stage all of the faults". It must of taken hours. Some of the defects are bloody dangerous to watch, mostly concerning wires blowing apart and power outlets. Poor Hanks getting sucked in through a hole in the second story floor, was one of the fun moments. No other actor could fit this role, and I wouldn't want to see any other actor in this role. Joe Mantegna as a randy carpenter who makes the moves on Long, I liked. Shelly's ex-Alexander Gordonuv provided a likable character of flair, despite being shallow, and narcissistic. After not seeing this film in a very long time, I still enjoyed it today as I did then. By the way, in the house is amazingly, revamped, where in the end, for first home buyers, hope is possible. Lets face it, at the start, this crumbling house made the one in Emoh Ruo, look like a dream, it's faults, coming in small pittance.

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